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Year 3/4: Lions Class

Home Learning

Dear Lions and parents,

We hope that you have been checking out the videos on the Our Lives News page

On this page there are videos of teachers across the Village Academy with lots of learning ideas you can try at home. The site is split into four sections EYFS, KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2 so go to Lower KS2 to watch the videos of all the Year 3 and 4 teachers but also check out the other sections to see if you can spot teachers from other classes too! At the end of the videos, myself, Miss Raby and Miss Boraston have set you some challenges which we would love you to try.

I have challenged you to draw a picture or write a poem about what you can see outside your door based on the poem ‘The Door.’ Just like the poem, you might even want to use your imagination of what you could see if you open the door!!

Miss Boraston has challenged you to research and try to create some art by Cezanne or Picasso. 

Miss Raby has challenged you to create a map of somewhere, this could be your garden, a room in your house or a map of an imaginary setting.

As you know, our topic for the next two terms is ‘Survival.’ This is a good topic for us at the moment as we are having to learn lots of new skills at home and we can’t wait to hear all about what you have been up when we return to school. Lots of you have completed some brilliant biographies about Bear Grylls and Steve Backshall using Purple Mash so well done for getting our topic off to a great start. Remember to have a look on these websites to learn more about survival.

We would also like you to keep up with your Maths and English either by completing some of the activities in your home learning packs, trying out a 2Do task on Purple Maths or visiting one or more of the following websites:

Most important of all, keep well and be happy by doing the things you enjoy and remember to spread lots of kindness too.

All of us in the Year 3 and 4 team can’t wait to see you soon.


Miss Simmonds



Dear Lions and parents,

We hope you had a lovely Easter and enjoyed spending quality time with family in the glorious sunshine. We would like to extend our thanks once again for all of the work you have been doing at home. We have enjoyed reading and marking the work some of you have completed using Purple Mash and we will continue to set new tasks regularly, so keep logging in and doing your best. Don’t forget to log into Times Table Rockstars and Spelling Shed too!

Our topic for the next two terms is ‘Survival.’ Even though we are not at school at the moment, there is lots you can do at home to get started. Firstly, we suggest that you check out the following websites where you will find out lots of information about important people who work in this field as well as current issues regarding conservation.  On Purple Mash, you will find some To Do tasks which are specifically linked to our new topic. Of course, you may decide to carry out your own survival project linked to something interesting you find out.

From Monday 20th April the BBC will be launching BBC Bitesize Daily. More information can be found on the following link:

The following websites are really useful too and have lots of online tutorials and games to help with key concepts in Maths and English.

Also don’t forget that spending time together as a family is vitally important. Perhaps getting together and playing a board game, doing some cooking or gardening, completing some arts and crafts or building Lego models. All of these activities will help develop valuable life-long skills, and help to fill your day too!

Keep well,


Miss Simmonds



Dear Lions and parents,

I hope you are all keeping well in these strange times and you're finding ways to take your mind off what is currently going on in the world. 

The Year 3 and 4 team want to say a big thank you and well done to children (and parents) for all their hard work so far, whether this is logging on to Purple Mash, playing on Times Table Rockstars or completing some activities in your home learning packs. It is great to see lots of you trying the To Do tasks. We are setting these regularly, so keep logging in and doing your best. 

Please do not worry if you have not been able to complete much. It is just as important to spend time with your family doing the activities you enjoy. Perhaps some cooking, gardening, sewing, making Lego models, painting, drawing, reading books and magazines, playing Maths and grammar games on the tablet as well as doing a bit of handwriting and spelling. All of these activities will help develop valuable life-long skills, and help to fill your day too.

Have a Happy Easter and I look forward to getting back to normal and seeing you all again when this is all over.

Keep well,

Miss Simmonds

A message from the Class Teacher

Welcome to Lions class! We have lots of exciting activities planned for this term and the year ahead, starting with our topic this term which is Ancient Egypt. The children have already located Egypt using mapping tools in the ICT suite and have also created some fantastic desert landscape pictures. 


This term, we will be working hard to improve our mental maths, especially the recall of times tables and addition and subtraction facts. To help with this, we will be completing a weekly Big Maths challenge. The challenge comprises a series of timed tests. We will practise the test during the week and then complete the actual test each Friday. The children can then bring their test home to practise for homework so they can try and beat their score the following week.

The link below has a list of fun, current and familiar pop songs adjusted to help children learn their times tables in an enjoyable manner. 



In English we will spend the year looking at a variety of books and carrying out a wide range of reading and writing activities based around them.  We will also be developing our reading and writing skills through a range of both short films and longer chapter books.  Spelling is a big focus this year, so we will be looking at mnemonics, tricks and tips to help us improve our knowledge of how words are written. Children will have the opportunity to enter Spelling Shed competitions to support this. Furthermore, we will be improving our reading skills to work on our comprehension of texts on a variety of topics. 


In Lions class, we love to read, with a cosy reading corner to enjoy quiet reading every day. As well as the school’s reading scheme and prizes for achieving different levels, we also have a reading competition in the class to celebrate any reading at home. We encourage any type of reading, including newspapers, magazines, even leaflets and recipes – it all helps!


P.E is on Friday afternoon, though it is useful to keep P.E kits in school from Monday-Friday as the children regularly participate in additional PE and sports workshops.


Homework is sent home on Thursday and should be returned to school by the following Tuesday. Homework will comprise of a weekly reading comprehension, spellings and a maths task. Miss Raby runs a reading comprehension homework club every Monday lunchtime for any children who would like some extra help.

Term one news

It has been a very busy start to the year. In English, we are reading Gorilla by Anthony Browne and using the story to explore character’s feelings and write dialogue using speech marks. In Maths, we are becoming more confident working with larger numbers and developing our mental arithmetic skills. In P.E, we have started to learn about different passes and we will be applying these skills on the netball court soon. On Friday mornings, children in Year 4 are really fortunate to be receiving brass instrument lessons from a specialist teacher.

Term two news

Year 4 showcased their fantastic musical talents by playing two songs on a range of brass instruments at the Christmas Carol service. We also enjoyed performing a dance routine to Elton John’s ‘I’m Still Standing’ for the Christmas pantomime performance at the end of term.

Term three news

Our new topic is smugglers and we have loved finding out about the history of smuggling on the Romney Marsh. We have used lots of geography skills to locate key places in our local area, including reading ordnance survey maps and using coordinates. We were very lucky to have a visit from members of the Dymchurch and District Heritage Society, who were able to tell us lots of interesting facts about smuggling on the Marsh. We enjoyed sharing the work we have completed so far, including art inspired by the painter JMW Turner and our information booklets about different smuggling techniques.

In PE, we have been learning the rules of Handball and put all of our skills into practise with lots of mini matches. We have also been learning about control and balance using different apparatus.   

We are very excited to welcome two new additions to Lions class: we are now the proud owners of two African Land Snails, kindly donated by a parent. We are learning all about their preferred habitat and diet, and taking our responsibilities very seriously, keeping them fed and watered. We have already started to research interesting facts about them too!

 This term, everyone in Lions Class have been eagerly taking part in a times table competition against the children in Pandas class. Using Times Table Rockstars, the children in Lions and Pandas have been involved in a closely fought Battle of the Bands. In the end, the result was very close but our determination paid off and we won by just under 800 points. We are looking forward to our prize of an extra playtime next term. Watch this space for news of another Battle of the Bands soon!

Year 3 & 4 have been thinking about Christianity in R.E. The children visited All Saint's Church in Lydd with Rev Chris and Rev Jackie kindly showing and telling the children all about the different things that you might find in a church and what they are for. We loved hearing all the historical stories from Chris and having Frances play the organ for us too!




Year 3 & 4 have been thinking about 'Light' in Science and 'Smugglers' as their topic in Geography and History. The children created their very own shadow puppet theatres; thinking about how a shadow is created and used a light source (torch) to tell their smuggling story. They loved performing them to the Yr1 Hedgehogs, Yr1 Squirrels and the Yr2 Foxes!